No matter what day of the week it is, you just can’t beat a classic pub lunch. We’ve rounded up the finest establishments in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide for your convenience. Bon appetit!
From bustling bistros to dreamy waterside tranquillity, Sydney has a venue for every occasion.
North: The Greens
Ahh, summer at Sydney Harbour! You’ll rarely find a lovelier lunch spot, and The Greens Beef Burger is a thing of beauty.
“Great spot to go for lunch with harbour views and a lovely outdoor area. Very tasty food which is good value for money, fast service and nice decor.” – Bongo1
West: The Union Hotel
The Union is big, lively and bursting with local flavour, and the food reflects this perfectly. Delish!
“Went last night for some food (Monday), went through the back to a big courtyard bistro area. The food was pricey but great quality! We went to leave and it was packed in the bar area, Monday nights is comedy night, we only watched one guy but seemed like it continues throughout the night. Very entertaining!” – jacoblewis
East: Coach and Horses Hotel
The renovated dining area make for a very elegant setting indeed, and the Portuguese chicken pizza is a delectable treat.
“On the corner of one of Randwicks busiest streets, the Coach and Horses Hotel boasts a good dinner menu with plenty of seating. Perfect for a quick drink or a feed in the beer garden, this relaxed atmosphere is perfect for everyone!”
South: Gymea Hotel
Prime Shire location? Check. Impeccable seasonal menu? Check. Exceptional service by genuinely friendly staff? Check, check, check!
“After the refurbishment Gymea Hotel is now a wonderful place to eat and drink anytime. The atmosphere on a Friday and Saturday night is buzzing and althought the wait for food is higher they are always enjoyed. The food is decent for price and quality and the price of drinks are standard. It’s a great local hang out for the young and old.” – heather85
Melbourne certainly isn’t lacking in the pub department, and the true foodie favourites reach far and wide across the city.
North: The Post Office Hotel
Slick, modern and boasting some of the tastiest pizzas in town, The Post Office Hotel’s dining hall is guaranteed to impress.
“A vast menu, a good, albeit expensive wine list, various eating areas covering casual to upmarket…this place has it all…!” – robstein
West: Royal Standard Hotel
If you crave a dash of European class with your pub lunch, the Royal Standard Hotel is delighted to oblige. The bistro is a real winner, and you simply have to sample the pasta pescatore.
“Dropped in to this place after the night market not expecting much. Ended up staying way too long thanks to great staff, BEAUTIFUL pork loin with mash and kickarse cider sauce.” – Odenlay
East: The Glenferrie Hotel
Glenferrie’s entire menu is extremely tempting, but the pride and joy is definitely the premium steak selection. Heck, the chips alone make it worthwhile!
“Always reliable for a good feed. Also love the big range of on-tap beers and ciders to choose from!” – PJ1982
South: The Local Taphouse
Craft beer is the name of the game here (they get around 400 different brews on tap per year), but the food is excellent too. Especially when consumed in the beautiful rooftop garden.
“Decent pub food with an awesome selection of draught and bottled beers. Beers are both local and international and are changed up regularly. They have comedy on Monday which is fun and also have live music on fairly often. Dig it!” – trueblue65
Whether it’s suave elegance, homely warmth or hipster charm you’d like with your lunch, Brisbane has the answer.
North: Newstead Brewing
You might be tempted by a liquid lunch once you see the selection of beers on offer, but then you’d be missing out on all the sumptuous solids! Case in point: the Cone Bay Barramundi. Oh yes.
“Fantastic atmosphere, charming staff and a great location! Great for any occasion.” – ALouiseD
South: The Charming Squire
We can’t help but sing it to the tune of the Smiths, but The Charming Squire is much more than just a good name. Try the rib fillet and you won’t look back.
“Yummy food in restaurant and the bar. The bar is a great spot to have a drink with friends or work mates.” – maddi12345
East: Factory 51
Oozing with contemporary cool, Factory 51 is a recent (and very, very welcome) addition to the Brisbane bistro scene. The layout is awesome, and the pulled pork burger is a thing of wonder.
Perth is a rather tasty place if you know where to look, and you can rustle up a pub lunch here to rival any in the world.
North: Rosemount Hotel
It’s most famous a live music pub, but the Rosemount’s tantalising menu and massive outdoor dining area make it a firm favourite amongst foodies as well.
“Great venue, very relaxing in the beer garden on a Sunday afternoon, staff were great, very friendly.” – _kat_
South: The Como Hotel
With its vibrant greenery and shiny, funky chic, the Como forms a lovely backdrop to a merry bout of face stuffing.
“We had an excellent meal it is a nice place for a good pub lunch and to meet with friends. Thank you.” – MadgeyM
West: Clancy’s Fish Pub
Clancy’s Fish Pub is an excellent venue to catch both great bands and a killer seafood lunch. The crispy Tasmanian salmon calls to us…
“Even though this is my local I’m sure I’d happily drive 30kms to eat and drink at Clancy’s! The food has never let me down, either sampling the specials or working through their normal menu of seafood and landfood treats you’ll find a winner. They also stock most local beers from the Swan valley and Freo (little creatures especially).” – kitwalker
No matter how diverse your tastes may be, these Adelaide pubs will see everyone thoroughly satisfied. Promise!
North: The Lion Hotel
We’re very much of the opinion that you haven’t tried duck breast until you’ve tried the Lion’s duck breast. The ‘burnt onion custard’ is truly divine.
“We had dinner in the restaurant and had a great night. All the tables were booked but the staff were on top of everything and our orders were taken promptly. We were also looked after all the way through the meal. Probably the best service I’ve received in a long time. The food was all delicious and great value for money.” – 4chillis
West: Hotel Royal
Laid back and supremely inviting, Hotel Royal is a refreshingly uncomplicated spot to enjoy some quality nourishment. The $14 lunch specials are well worth investigating!
“We had 13 people in our party. We hadn’t booked, but the staff were friendly and found us a table. We were able to use our half price vouchers for all 13 people! The food was magnificent. All 13 people raved about their meals – salmon, barramundi, vegetarian pizza etc etc. Staff were very friendly. We would definitely return.” – yodak
East: The Colonist Tavern
Fresh produce, a top cooking team and a rustic, quirky kind of charm can take you a long way, and the Colonist has plenty of each to go around.
“Great pub, great vibe, amazing lamb burger!” – Jamie Dollard
In terms of pure value, it’s hard to look past the good old Edinburgh for your foodie pub needs. It’s a splendid old building too, with just the right amount of modern style.
“Fantastic business with competitive prices. If you google your potion of choice, you can easily see that Edinburgh has the cheapest prices and quite frankly this is what brought me here.”